‘Russians May Have Leverage Over Donald Trump’: James Comey

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Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that it is possible the Russians have leverage over President Donald Trump.

Since his firing, Comey has been outspoken against Trump, once calling him "morally unfit to be president" in a 2018 interview.

When asked by CNN on Thursday if he thought that the Russians had leverage over President Trump, Comey first said that he "did not know the answer to that question", but when asked if it was possible, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief said "yes".

Comey also said that former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe deserved "severe consequences" for making false statements to Justice Department and FBI investigators regarding the authorization of media leaks. Mueller, he said, was "somebody that is in love with James Comey", and implied he had an axe to grind because of a business dispute with him.

"I don't know the answer to that", Comey responded. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) (L) listen to U.S. Attorney General William Barr testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 1 in Washington, DC.

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Comey said that while Strzok was a "very talented agent", his text messages "hurt the institution".

Mr Trump fired Mr Comey exactly two years ago, after a series of run-ins and disagreements. It led to an investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller in 2016 that concluded earlier this year where no one was found criminally liable of conspiracy.

Comey has disputed McCabe's claim that he told Comey about his plans to authorize contacts with the press regarding the Clinton Foundation probe.

Gowdy told host Jason Chaffetz that Comey seemingly believes he is correct, and "everybody else is wrong". They also showed that Steele said that his client for his anti-Trump research campaign (which he did not identify at the time) was "keen" to see information on Trump released prior to the November 8, 2016 election.

"So I have no problem at all with severe discipline".